City stumped by de­clin­ing health

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Pic­tures: Jon Hew­son

THE bat­tle is on to save a 120-year-old More­ton Bay fig tree in Kings Square as its health is in de­cline.

City of Fre­man­tle parks and land­scape man­ager Ryan Ab­bott said the City has been in con­tact with an ar­borist to de­ter­mine the cause of the de­clin­ing health.

“The spe­cial­ists have not been able to de­fine a spe­cific cause, how­ever the grad­ual de­cline may be a com­bi­na­tion of is­sues,” he said.

“The age of the tree and dis­rup­tions to the root zone over time are just some of the other fac­tors.

“The City is mon­i­tor­ing the tree to see if the steps taken over the past year have an ef­fect on the tree’s health.”

Mr Ab­bott said the other fig trees in the square had vary­ing states of health.

“Where trees are show­ing signs of stress, the City has un­der­taken treat­ments,” he said.

Mr Ab­bott did not spec­ify how many trees would re­main in Kings Square but said the City val­ued the fig trees and un­der­stood their im­por­tance to the com­mu­nity.

The City has been mon­i­tor­ing the trees since 2008 and last year a bio­sci­en­tist con­ducted sam­pling and test­ing of the Kings Square fig tree.

The tree has also been given an in­jec­tion of an en­zyme to help it to ab­sorb nu­tri­ents. Leah Roberts­mu­ni­ d478542

Con­cerns are held for the health of trees in KIngs Square.

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